Reviews

  • "She's writing about the only things that matter – love, goodness and how to be happy"

    Patrick Gale, Independent
  • "The plot is both comical and moving, and it’s a book that everyone who’s ever been tempted to throw in the towel and become a hermit should read....despite the grand subjects at issue, the novel’s tone is not at all dry or didactic – it is, on the contrary, wonderfully lively and poignant at the same time, tender with a sprightly social comedy reminiscent of PG Wodehouse and Barbara Pym"

    Guardian
  • "Her characters are described with loving exactitude and in such depth that their struggles to define what it means to live a good life take on dramatic force"

    New York Times
  • "How bloody good her novels are – how intelligent, how lucent, how divinely crazy. They’re fun – I’d forgotten that"

    Sarah Waters, Guardian
  • "Above all, she was a consummate story-teller, prodigiously inventive and generous, in the realist tradition of Dickens, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky"

    Independent